Arpaio and his goons swarmed down on two Sizzler restaurants in Latino neighborhoods yesterday detaining 9 female cooks and hostesses. (click on picture) Family members and restaurant customers flocked outside the restaurant, appalled by the sweep. Arpaio said the raid was the result of a fired former manager who was disgruntled and reported the restaurant for hiring "illeegals." The disgruntled employee reportedly told deputies he was offered three months severance pay in return for not going to law enforcement. The yearlong investigation included undercover surveillance which led deputies to detain nine Latino cooks and hostesses at the crowded Sizzler restaurants.
Arpaio, as usual, called the media so they could video the arrests of these women. The cameras videod several protestors crowding the parking lot behind yellow crime tape. "How much money did it cost to do this? It's horrible," Dora Felix said. "Why aren't they arresting the drug pushers and people who dirty our streets," asked Suzanne Armijo. There were questions many in the angry crowd were asking.
Sizzler owners, who were not arrested, issued the following statement Saturday afternoon: Sizzler and the owner of our restaurants in Phoenix take seriously their responsibility to adhere to all federal and state labor laws. Beginning in 2008 the Sizzler Phoenix restaurants have used E-Verify as part of their efforts to ensure compliance with immigration and work laws. The owner of the restaurants was extremely surprised to learn of the arrests and allegations. He is assisting the Maricopa County Sherriff’s office with its investigation. As of this afternoon, both Sizzler restaurants are open for business as usual.
Meanwhile Arpaio and his goons laughed at the family tragedies they created.
One commenter from Phoenix named TeraWatt60 said:
I live in Phoenix and "Sheriff Joe" is a true fossil,rocklike brain and Jurassic Era thinking, he does this garbage, along with profiling sweeps throughout Maricopa County in heavily Hispanic areas as part of his shtick.
This walking oil slick lives in Fountain Hills which is an affluent area whose overly entitled residents get upset (not making this up) because the fountain in the artificial lake was stopped...oh the tragedy. Surprisingly, no sweeps have been done near his home most likely because the landscapers who maintain their grass (in 115 heat) are often undocumented and it might inconvenience them.
Arpaio only targets those who can't fight back, he is a bully with a bullhorn. He would never go after any employer of any size here in the county, but he would be happy to pick on their employees.